Researcher biography

I am currently a UQ Fellow at the School of Political Science and International Studies within the University of Queensland. I am working on masculinities and peacebuilding with a direct focus on masculinity programs and violence prevention. I completed my PhD in 2014 which examined the role of masculinity in constructing new wars. My research explores large scale conceptual problems within security with a particular emphasis on the social and structural role of gender. By examining the breakdown of relationships between groups of men in Sierra Leone and South Sudan my work found that the emergence of virulent conflict during the 1990s could be conceptualized as a form of aggressive gender politics challenging the prevailing gender order. My interests are particularly on critical security studies, violence prevention programs and Critical Studies of Men and Masculinities. Currently, I am working on: - Violence prevention programs targeting men and boys in post-conflict sites. - 'Violent extremist' masculinities and the gendered structure of CVE programs. - The role of gender in shaping reintegration programming for former combatants. - The concept of gendered vulnerabilities and insecurity.